KISS postpone tour as Gene Simmons tests positive for COVID-19

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KISS have cancelled four tour dates after bassist and singer Gene Simmons tested positive for COVID-19.

The American rock band had already missed a live show in Pennsylvania last week after frontman Paul Stanley contracted the disease.

Simmons, 72, who is an avid supporter of the COVID vaccination programme in the US, is said to be "experiencing mild symptoms".

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 29: Gene Simmons participates in a panel discussion during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference at The Beverly Hilton Hotel  on April 29, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
Gene Simmons, 72, has tested positive for COVID-19. (Getty Images)

The band said in a statement: "KISS will postpone their next four tour dates. While Paul Stanley recently tweeted that he has recovered from COVID, Gene Simmons has now tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms.

"The band and crew will remain at home and isolate for the next 10 days and doctors have indicated the tour should be able to resume on September 9th at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. All previously purchased tickets will be honoured for the new dates once announced. More information will be emailed to ticketholders directly."

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Stanley, 69, had tweeted over the weekend to update fans that he was feeling better, saying: "Some really rough days behind and hopefully just a few more ahead. Then... I'M COMIN' OUT THERE TO SEE YOU!!!!"

But he later added: "My COVID symptoms were MILD compared to many others and let me tell you... It kicked my ass. It's over now."

Simmons responded to a Twitter user who asked him why he had chose COVID vaccination as a cause to champion.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 11: (L-R) Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Eric Singer of KISS attend the Tribeca Festival screening of
KISS stars Tommy Thayer, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Eric Singer are on their Final Tour Ever until July 2022. (Getty Images for A&E)

The I Was Made For Lovin' You rocker replied: "Well Blockchain or whatever your name is, worldwide Covid infection is 218 million. That’s 200,000,000 individual human beings. Besides the ones who have sadly passed on, the rest suffer with excruciating pain, some with tubes down their throats and so on…That’s why, Genius."

The four concerts that have been cancelled are in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27:  Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley of KISS perform on stage during End Of The Road World Tour at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Gene Simmons (l) and Paul Stanley of KISS have both tested positive for COVID-19. (Getty Images)

The tour, titled The Final Tour Ever: End Of The Road, is due to continue around the US until early October before the band play the KISS Kruise in Miami on 29 October, followed by a 12 night Las Vegas residency at the Zappos Theatre starting on 29 December.

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The band are then scheduled to take the tour to various countries around the world until July 2022.

Watch: KISS cancels show after Paul Stanley tests positive for COVID-19